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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, May 30, 2002

OBITUARY ~ LOREN CLOYD LAMB

Loren Cloyd LAMB was born February 27, 1913 in Mount Ayr.

He was the son of Walter Byron LAMB and Leota Lavina KIRBY. He grew up in Mount Ayr and attended school here.

On November 9, 1933 Loren married Ruth M. SCHARDEIN. To this union three sons were born. Douglas Loren, Ronald Max and Larry Dean. Loren and Ruth made their home in Mount Ayr and raised their family here.

Loren worked as a coal miner in Wyoming, and during WWII he worked in a ship yard in Indiana making blueprints for LST ships. He was a car salesman and mechanic, but his true love was building many of the nicer homes in Mount Ayr. He also enjoyed running his gun shop and was an expert gunsmith.

Loren loved trapping and fishing, as as a family they enjoyed trips to Wyoming and Montana. Loren and Ruth enjoyed numerous vacation trips throughout their life together.

In July 1958, Loren received an award for Meritorious Service from then Iowa Governor Herschel LOVELESS. The award was for saving the life of Brad CUNNING.

[Loren passed away at the age of 89 years on May 19, 2002.]

Loren was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, three sisters and his son, Douglas.

Loren is survived by his widow, Ruth; son Ronald and wife Marjorie, son Larry and wife Sandy; brother-in-law Bill SCARDEIN and wife Jimmie; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren. And he leaves behind a host of friends.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr with Pastor Rick HAWKINS officiating. Musicians were Nancy SACKETT, Mary TRULLINGER and Margaret BICKERS. Casket bearers were Franklin SMITH, Mark LAMB, Bill FRENCH, Andrew LAMB, Ed ROTERT and Mark WILMES.

Loren was laid to rest in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr.

Just Pass It Along
I had a wonderful, wonderful dad.

He was only the best one a boy ever had.
I remember his creed; It's the theme of my song:

If there's someone in need pass a lindess along.
Though my dad is dead, I remember with joy
The light in his eyes when he told me
"My boy,if you feel that your owe me the day I die,
Remember it's others who need it; not I.

"We come here with nothing, take nothing away.
"Anything that you have is just yours for the day.
"so whatever you owe me you couldn't go wrong;
"If there's someone who needs it, just pass it along."
My dad wasn't rich in material things
He knew how to be kind; knew the joy that it brings.
So I've tried all my life to adhere to his creed.
Paying back what I can when there's someone in need.
Though I know I'll be shore when the ledger is filled --
(A few items collectible, you; but not billed)--
If you owned me a bit when I've answered the going
Don't worry about it; just pass it along.

Ted Snell in "Par for the Course"

-- In loving memory of Loren LAMB who lived his life as an example of sharing. His is sadly missed.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2012

To submit your Ringgold County obituaries, contact Sharon R. Becker at
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